Lopes voted MSC Player of the Week
Monday, February 12, 2018
Lopes voted MSC Player of the Week
Thiago Lopes won all five of his matches, three doubles and two singles, to garner Mid-South Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week accolades. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland junior Thiago Lopes was voted the Mid-South Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week on Monday, posting five victories is as many matches, including the deciding victory in singles in a pair of 5-4 team wins for the Phoenix.

The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, native posted a 3-6, 6-4 6-4, win versus Union College's Borna Bartolovic at No. 4 singles, clinching the 5-4 win in the season opener for CU. He then collected a 7-5, 6-3, win versus against Lincoln Memorial's Iker Tomas Moure at No. 5 singles, again clinching a 5-4 win for the Phoenix.

In doubles Lopes and junior Axel Lucich combined for three victories at No. 3 in the lineup, registering a 7-4 win in a tiebreaker against Union’s Santiago Diaz Lopez and Srdjan Trosic. The duo collected a 9-7 triumph over Lincoln Memorial’s Xavier Marti and Tomas Moure and they won 8-1 versus King University’s Sebastian Lieflaender and Charles Jabaley.

Cumberland, ranked 22nd nationally, started the year 3-0 for the first time since 2012, a team that also started the dual match season with three straight victories.